Any excuse to have an Ansel Adams exhibition is a good one. The National Maritime Museum’s decision to host the otherwise loosely linked concept of Adams’ photographs with water in them, is forgivable. Indeed it is warmly welcomed by photography buffs everywhere.
Adams is a hugely iconic figure for photographers. He is renowned for being a pioneer and for developing many techniques, styles and philosophies that shaped modern photography.
The exhibition includes many of his most famous works, Yosemite National Park and The Tetons are covered, but the exhibition also showcases images that even the most devoted followers of the figurehead’s work, won’t have seen before.
Despite the watery theme, there is a wide selection of works on show. The full range of Adams’ repertoire is demonstrated, as well as his love of working with difficult light, his eye for composition and detail, and the masterful ability that has earned him the respect of generations of artists. (LC)
Until Dec 8, National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour, Free, anmm.gov.au/anseladams
BY LUKE COX